Today, Benedikt the Canadian born, Berlin based solo-artist and creative, releases self-directed and produced music video for ‘Havana Nights’ (REL 05.07.18). The second single from his forthcoming EP due for release later this month.
Shot by talented cinematographer Smina Bluth in various locations around Berlin, capturing the magic light of the evening and the early morning hours. The music video plays with five key components; space, colour, the human body, gesture and light.
Speaking about the video Benedikt said “The performance was entirely improvised and explores a loose narrative of a man reminiscing – expressing himself in different spaces through vocal performance and movement. The music video dances between choreographically composed shots and closeups. I collaborated closely with Smina throughout the creative process – honing a narrative together through performance, light and space. You’ll find me at moments in the video just smiling and dancing to the music. Which for me personally is the essence of the song – having a moment of joy.”
The polished somatic soundscape shows grit and finesse in exploring the interplay of power, desire and vulnerability. At times, the music is introspective and visceral. Other passages are yearning, nostalgic and passionate.
Speaking about the track Benedikt said: Havana Nights explores joy, illusion, belief and the pursuit of being serenaded by another. There is a playful quality to the song. It moves between a sense of melancholy and elation. I never like to dictate what someone should feel from a work. But if a listener would have a moment of joy – or be swept up in emotion while listening to this song there would be no greater gift.
The artist generates space in his music, moving between chaos and the delicate. His voice interchanges between natural and synthesized, dancing between lush instrumentation and dynamic percussion.
Benedikt’s debut EP, “Soma,” was released independently in April, 2016 and was well received by music critics. Each track was accompanied by a poignant image shot by award-winning photographer, Luis Alberto Rodriguez, as well as a dance video created by Benedikt. His forth coming EP ‘FACIA’, will see the artist gyre into new sonic territory.